Theresa Greenfield of West Des Moines has captured the Democratic Party’s nomination for the U.S. Senate and will challenge Republican Senator Joni Ernst’s bid for a second term. Greenfield was the top choice in Delaware County with 52 percent of the vote.
State Representative Ashley Hinson of Marion easily won the G-O-P Primary in Iowa’s first congressional district. Hinson won with 78 percent of the vote, defeating fellow Republican Thomas Hansen. 77 percent of Delaware County voters chose Hinson. Hinson is challenging incumbent Abby Finkenauer (FINK-en-ow-er) of Dubuque, a Democrat who’s serving her first-term in the U.S. House.
State Senator Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Ottumwa will have a fourth chance to win a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Miller-Meeks captured 48 percent of the vote and defeated four challengers to win the G-O-P Primary in the second congressional district. Democrat Dave Loebsack of Iowa City has held a seat in congress for the past 14 years but is not running this year. Miller-Meeks has run against Loebsack three times before. Former state Senator Rita Hart of Wheatland knew since March that she would be the Democratic nominee in the second district. She had no opposition in the primary.
In Iowa’s third congressional district, there’s a rematch. First-term congresswoman Cindy Axne of West Des Moines, a Democrat, will face former Republican Congressman David Young of Van Meter this fall.
Longtime Rep. Steve King has been ousted in Iowa’s Republican primary after being ostracized by party leaders for comments about white nationalism. State Sen. Randy Feenstra won the five-way race. Feenstra becomes the heavy favorite to win in district four, where registered Republicans outnumber Democrats by roughly 60,000. He faces Democrat J.D. Schoulten, who lost by 2 percentage points to King in 2018
A record 487-thousand votes were cast in the primary, with the majority of those votes cast by absentee ballot due to the pandemic.
Total voter turnout in Delaware County was 21 percent. Just over 41 percent of eligible Delaware County Democrats turned out, with 31 percent of Republicans casting a ballot. There were no contested local races in Delaware County.